Leicester City's Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring his sides second goal with Daniel Drinkwater, right, during the English Premier League match, Leicester against Sunderland at the King Power Stadium, Leicester, England, Tuesday April 4, 2017. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring his sides second goal with Daniel Drinkwater, right, during the English Premier League match, Leicester against Sunderland at the King Power Stadium, Leicester, England, Tuesday April 4, 2017. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP) Mike Egerton

Leicester City defeat piles pressure on Sunderland

FOOTBALL: Leicester City's fifth consecutive English Premier League win under manager Craig Shakespeare has piled more pressure on Sunderland and its manager David Moyes.

The Foxes won 2-0 courtesy of second-half goals from Islam Slimani and Jamie Vardy to give the team a sixth straight victory in all competitions.

Defeat left the Black Cats rooted to the bottom of the ladder eight points behind Swansea City which is in 17th place outside the relegation zone.

The loss compounded a miserable day for Moyes who was forced to apologise for comments in an interview with a female BBC journalist during which he said she "might get a slap".

Sunderland said the comments were "wholly inappropiate" but also added it was standing by its under-fire boss.

When asked if he had thought his position was under threat following the comments, Moyes said: "No. I felt I had made my apology, there had been no complaint from (BBC journalist) Vicki Sparks, and because of that, everything was fine."

Manchester United extended its unbeaten league run to 20 games but had to wait until the 94th minute to earn a draw against Everton at Old Trafford.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored from the penalty spot after Ashley Williams was adjudged to have handballed a Luke Shaw shot.

Everton had taken an early lead through Phil Jagielka with United having an equaliser scored by Ibrahimovic ruled out for offside.

United manager Jose Mourinho said his side would have beaten Everton had video technology been in use for the game, with footage suggesting the former Sweden international was in an onside position.

"With the VAR (video assistant referee), we win this game 2-1 because it's not an offside," Mourinho told BT Sport at Old Trafford.

"But it's a difficult one for the linesman. I'm not critical of the linesman. I just say when the VAR comes, it will help everyone, especially the linesmen and referees."

Watford won a second match in succession by beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0, with Troy Deeney becoming the first player to score in four straight EPL games at Vicarage Road.

Burnley also eased the pressure on itself, ending a seven-match streak without a victory as George Boyd got the winner in a 1-0 success over Stoke City at Turf Moor.

News Corp Australia


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